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Okiro, Dumo Worry Over Political Crisis In Rivers State

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The Chairman of Nigeria Police Service Commission and former Inspector General of Police, IGP Mike Okiro (rtd.) and the governorship candidate of Accord Party in the last general election in Rivers State, Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs, have expressed great concern over the lingering political crisis in Rivers State.
Both personalities, who spoke to newsmen in Port Harcourt, described the political issue between former Governor of Rivers State, now Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, and the Governor, Sir Siminilayi Fubara, as an evil wind that will blow no one good.
Okiro advised the Minister of the FCT to stop the political crisis in the State to enable the administration of Fubara succeed in developing the State, stressing that it is time for both groups to stop and allow governance to take place in the State.
According to him, it is high time the crisis was brought to an end and allow the Governor concentrate in his efforts to develop the state and the people.
He said the state “needs more development and attention now more than anytime else. We should condemn all unnecessary supremacy tussle which are selfish.
“Let there be an end to this unnecessary political crisis now and let all hands be on deck to move Rivers State forward”, he stated.
According to him, this had become necessary because there was the need to create jobs for the teaming population of the youths and deepening the ongoing infrastructure development in the state.
Also, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs called for peace and unity in Rivers State, saying its time for truce and a lasting peace in the Rivers State.
He said the current crossfire and political love lost between the Governor and his predecessor was uncalled for and unnecessary in the state at this time.
According to the Accord Party strongman, the supremacy battle on who should be the leader of the state or that of the party, had longed been decided as soon as the governor won the election in 2023.
He said Fubara became the leader of the state and that of his party in the state as soon as he emerged as the Governor of the state, emphasising that the Governor’s leadership position was not determined by age, size nor by his experience, but for the fact that he has emerged as the Governor of the state.
“As the Governor of the state, he automatically becomes the leader of the party and the father of the state”, he said.
Lulu-Briggs continued that this was what played out at the Federal level, when President Ahmed Tinubu assumed office as the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
He emphasised that it could be treasonable for the former President, Muhammadu Buhari, to contend the office with President Tinubu.
“This is the position everyone in the state should adopt for now and must be maintained to let peace and development foster in the state”, he said.
Noting that the current political tension in the state could cause distraction and draw the state backwards, he said “all that is needed now is an aggressive industrial and agricultural revolution that would impact on the lives of every average Rivers Man and woman”.

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Rivers LG Crisis: APC Chieftain Declares Fubara’s Action Constitutional

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An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Rivers State, Barr. Sogbeye Eli, has declares as constitutional the action of the State Governor, Sir Siminalaiyi Fubara, in the ongoing political crisis over the expiration of the tenure of chairmen of the 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the State on Monday, June 17, 2024.
Speaking exclusively in a telephone interview, recently, in Port-Harcourt, Eli said there was nothing unlawful about the action of the Governor in directing the newly sworn-in Caretaker Committee Chairmen to take over the reign of affairs in the 23 LGAs.
He noted that the Law No. 2 of 2024 made by the estranged Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Martins Amaewhule, and the sacked 26 members of the Assembly, extending the tenure of the outgone  Chairmen by six months had been expunged from the laws of Rivers State by Justice DG Kio of the State High Court.
“That law has been expunged by Honourable Justice Kio from the laws of Rivers State, it means that it does not exist.
“So, the outgone Council Chairmen cannot rely on a law that is not in existence to continue to stay in office when their tenure had elapsed constitutionally.
“That law conflicts with the 1999 Constitution as amended, and  in Section 9(1) of the Rivers State Local Government Law No.5 of 2018.
“The Local Government system in Nigeria is more like a department of a state. Governors have a hand in the affairs of the Councils. The Constitution allows a 3 year tenure for the Chairmen and there is  room for second term.
“But the tenure of these guys elapsed on the midnight of last Monday, June 17, 2024. That is the law and the Constitution”, he said.
Eli, who was the spokesman of the APC Campaign Council in the 2023 general elections in the state, said he relyed on the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of the Attorney -General of the Federation versus the Attorney -General of Abia State, which ruled on the tenure of the Council Chairmen in the state in 2021, adding that the judgment applies to all the states of the federation.
He, however, noted that there were few former Chairmen who are still eligible to seek re-election into the Councils whenever election is scheduled by the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC).
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VC Makes Case For Technology-Based Human Capital Development 

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The Acting Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE), Prof. Okechuku Onuchuku, has harped on the need for technology-based human capital development in Nigeria.
Onuchuku, who made the call while declaring open the 5th International Conference of the Faculty of Humanities of the University, midweek, charged stakeholders to focus on the development of citizens at all times.
Focusing on human capital development through Artificial Intelligence (AI), he said, “development without human capital development amount to a waste of valuable resources.
“No matter the sector, every development must be geared towards improving the welfare of citizens for progress and growth in that sector according to him”.
While referring to Artificial intelligence as computer systems capable of performing complex tasks that historically only a human could do, such as reasoning, making decisions or solving problems, he allayed fears that jobs of humans will be completely eroded.
The Acting Vice Chancellor added that though computers, through programming, are mimicking human intelligence processes and built to think, act like humans, and replicate problem solving abilities, they cannot completely take over the job of humans.
Humans, he said, “will use artificial intelligence to develop whatever Unit, Community, State and Nation that they find themselves in”.
Professor Onuchuku informed that it is for economic growth and development that humans are confronting the environment with a view to producing those services that can create comfort, stressing that Artificial intelligence is one way to do that.
In his welcome address, the Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Professor Kingdom Eke Orji, affirmed that in  the 21st century’s globalised society, “knowledge has been identified as the indisputable fifth factor of production and the pivot on which meaningful holistic development resolved”.
He stated that a knowledge-driven economy is a brand in the production, distribution, and exchange, while consumption of goods and services are anchored strategically on the threshold of intellectual property that dovetails into the acceleration of scientific innovation.
According to the Dean, “the integration of Artificial intelligence into the realm of the Humanities marks a watershed in repositioning erstwhile research mechanisms for digitalization and automation.
AI, he said, has the capacity of assisting scholars in the Humanities with data analysis and decision-making, breaking of communication barriers through Artificial intelligence powered language translation tools, the creation of functional robotic systems amidst others.
Professor Orji emphasized that the unique feature of the Conference is its noble attempt to mainstream the “Gown and Town” symbiotic relations.
He expressed gratitude to the Acting Vice Chancellor for what he described as his “steadfastness and unflinching commitment to the maximum successes of all conferences at the Departmental and Faculty levels”.
Speaking on, “The Promises of Artificial intelligence in the Humanities: An African Perspective and the Charge for IAUE”, the Acting Director, ICT Centre, Dr. Nathaniel Ojekudo, highlighted the gains of a high level understanding of Artificial intelligence concepts, applications and implications, particularly within the African context.
He explored the transformative potentials of generative Artificial intelligence and it’s impact on academia, governments, industries and society.
He also reflected on the ethical considerations and challenges associated with Artificial intelligence and identified opportunities for IAUE to leverage Artificial intelligence for innovation, education and societal benefits.
The Natural Ruler and Nyeweli Ali Rumuolumeni Kingdom, His Royal Highness King Chukwuemeka Victor E. N. Woji Okocha Olumeni, Olumeni XII, was conferred with an award of honour for his role in keeping peace and security which has translated in the giant strides recorded in the University Community.
In his response to the award received, the Nyeweli Ali, Rumuolumeni Kingdom, expressed gratitude to the Faculty of Humanities for the honour done him and pledged his support and that of his Council of Chiefs  towards all university activities.
He also stressed the essence of Artificial intelligence in the new world of technology and advised staff and students to key into it, adding that technology is the way to go.
Professor Tunde Ope Davies of the Centre for Digital Humanities, University of Lagos presented the lead paper at the conference which focused on “The Role of New Technologies in Reconfiguring and Retooling the Humanities: Exploring DH and AI”.
The theme for the conference was “AI and the Humanities” .
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Rivers CP Vows To Protect Lives And Properties 

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The Rivers State Police Commissioner, Olatunji Disu, has declared his readiness to protect lives and properties in the  face of ongoing tension created by politicians in the state.
Reassuring the public of Force’s commitment to maintaining law and order in the state, while speaking to newsmen, on Tuesday at the State Police Command, CP Disu warned individuals against parties taking the law into their hands, emphasizing that anyone found doing so would face the full wrath of the law.
The police boss, in a passionate appeal, urged parents to caution their children against getting involved in the crisis, warning that they should not be used as “cannon fodder”.
He also vowed to protect all government property and human life in the communities, ensuring a safe and secure environment for all.
He said: “My job as a policeman is to protect lives and properties, and that is what we have gone out to do since morning.
“We are aware of the crisis that has to do with the tenure of the Local Government Chairmen and we have gotten one court order or the other, and the Court of Appeal has given an order for everybody to exercise restraints till the  20th of this month, just three days.
“So, we expect everybody to respect it and not take laws into their hands and allow peace to continue as it is”.
He assured that his officers are working around the clock to safeguard the property and lives of residents of the State.
He added: “Sincerely you know our officers have been out for the past three days.
“I just finished addressing them and I thank them for the good job they have done and because they have been out since 4qm, and they just came back.
“We are not taking it lightly,  we are ready to go,  our officers have been on a show of force and we have had additional men given to us from the Headquarters, the equipment has been serviced and we are ready to go.
“This is just to assure members of the public that so far as we are concerned we are ready to do our jobs of protecting lives and properties.
“We have warned anybody who would want to take laws into their hands. I want to use this opportunity to talk to parents to call their children to order and talk to them so that their children will not be used as cannon folders in this crisis.
“Everything that has to do with government property and every human being in this community would be protected”.
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